06-03-2024 7:30 pm -8:30 pm
A recording and a certificate of attendance will be shared with all registrants the day after the webinar.
Gross motor skills are essential for children to engage in all of their daily activities - these help them walk, run, jump, hop, dance, play sports and use the playground! They also need well-developed gross motor skills to be able to sit upright at their desk, move between classrooms and carry their heavy school bags. You might notice children in your class who often sit stooped at their desk, who tire easily, who opt out of P.E. or who have difficulty sequencing steps in the right way. This webinar will provide a range of practical strategies to support development of balance, coordination, core strength and stability, postural control and endurance to support functional participation throughout the school day.
Bio of Presenter: Martha Ní Fhlatharta
Martha is an Irish school-based Occupational Therapist, working specifically in a specialist therapeutic school in London for children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and significant childhood trauma. Martha is specialised in working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, social, emotional and mental health needs, Developmental Coordination Disorder and accompanying sensory processing, motor skill, visual perceptual and executive functioning needs. Martha is skilled in providing sensory and movement-based interventions which support emotional regulation, as well as using specific strategies to support development of independent life skills. She uses a trauma-informed, child-centred approach to ensure goals are relevant and meaningful for each specific child and plans interventions around the child's interests to facilitate participation and engagement.